Agenda Setting

Giandomenico Majone

in The Oxford Handbook of Public Policy

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548453
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

Agenda Setting

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This article discusses agenda setting, and is organized into four main sections. The first section looks at the possibility that some individual or institution may hold exclusive power over the agenda. This is a possibility that is usually overlooked by analysts situated outside the rational choice framework. The second section puts emphasis on the links between the study of agenda setting and democratic theory. This is followed by a discussion of another issue that is not sufficiently researched by students of agenda setting, namely: the selection of priorities within the decision agenda. The last section in the article highlights the growing impact of international factors on the formation of national agendas.

Keywords: agenda setting; exclusive power; rational choice framework; democratic theory; priority selection; decision agenda; international factors; national agendas

Article.  11265 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy ; Comparative Politics

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